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Spices won't go bad if you keep them longer than the recommended six months to a year, but they will lose aroma and flavor. Follow these tips to promote potency:
• DON'T store spices near the stove or a window.
• DO store spices in a cool, dark, dry place such as a pantry, drawer or cabinet.
• DON'T shake a spice jar over a steaming pot. The moisture can cause the spice to clump.
• DO Measure or shake the jar into your palm first.
Source: Patty Erd, co-owner of the Spice House (thespicehouse.com)